Preparing For Your First Physical Therapy Appointment | Elite Spine & Sports Care of Fort Lee
Physical Therapy is a method of treatment that falls under the rehabilitative portion of healthcare. This treatment method uses strategic, specific-to-the-patient exercises and equipment. Physical Therapy’s main goal is to regain strength and motion following a physical ailment. However, Physical Therapy isn’t just for patients with unexpected physical injuries. This treatment method is used in a wide range of applications such as broken bones, musculoskeletal disorders, arthritis, pre-operation & post-operation readiness, Knee Replacement Surgery, and more.
Physical Therapists evaluate your condition and assess the medical issues you are facing. These trained and licensed professionals can examine your injury or condition and create a balanced, effective Physical Therapy plan aimed to help you get back on your feet. In fact, your first Physical Therapy appointment will be mainly an evaluation.
What To Expect at Your First Physical Therapy Appointment
Your first appointment with a Physical Therapist will be fairly routine. In order to understand your specific injury or disability, the doctor will evaluate your range of motion with several simple exercises such as lifting your arms, walking, and/or balancing. Additionally, your posture, strength, and flexibility will be assessed. By evaluating these simple movements, the Physical Therapist will understand the extent of damage and be able to create a customized Physical Therapy plan to begin the healing process.
What Should You Wear To Your First Physical Therapy Appointment?
Although you shouldn’t expect to have a full workout, you should arrive in comfortable clothing that will allow you to move unrestricted. For example, if you have a knee injury, it would be beneficial to wear shorts or loose sweatpants so your Physical Therapist can evaluate your range of motion without clothing restricting your movement any more than your injury already has. Additionally, it is important to wear comfortable, but supportive shoes as most evaluations will require some walking and balance exercises. By wearing supportive shoes, you’ll be able to perform these simple exercises without risking additional injury.
Ask Questions During Your First Physical Therapy Appointment!
Once your Physical Therapy regimen is created, you and your Physical Therapist should have a team approach to your healing. Working together to achieve the common goal of getting back on your feet and feeling better is the main focus of your Physical Therapist, so make sure to ask lots of questions about the process! By being more involved in your sessions, you will better understand why the doctor choose these exercises, how they will help, and what motions to improve upon.
How Long After Starting Physical Therapy Should You See Improvements?
Due to the wide range of applications for Physical Therapy, it’s impossible to say how many sessions will heal your specific injury or ailment. However, by simply increasing your physical activity and focusing on an injured part of your body, you may begin feeling better after only one or two sessions. Don’t let that steer you away from your Physical Therapy regimen though! Your Physical Therapist is an expert in the field and understands that one session may alleviate pain temporarily, there is still a lot of work to do to properly regain strength, balance, and range of motion.
Physical Therapy at Elite Spine & Sports Care of Fort Lee
Whether you’re ready to schedule your first Physical Therapy appointment, or have further questions about Elite Spine & Sports Care of Fort Lee’s Physical Therapy services, contact us today! Our team of licensed Physical Therapist can work with you to create a Physical Therapy plan that helps relieve pain, increase strength and gets you back to life as quickly as possible!